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Title Letters [manuscript]: Albany, [N.Y.], to John Pintard, New York, [N.Y.], 1817-1818
Author Clinton, DeWitt (1769-1828)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Three letters, Sept. 20, 1817 - Jan. 24, 1818, from Clinton to John Pintard, a New York merchant, philanthropist, and founder and secretary of the New-York Historical Society. Correspondence mainly concerns Eleazer Williams, a part-Indian missionary to the Oneida and lay reader and catechist of the Episcopal Church, who had requested a missal or liturgy of the Catholic Church and whom Clinton wished to assist in hopes that Williams’s study of Indian antiquities would benefit the historical society. Clinton also discusses Stephen Van Rensselaer’s donation of documents in the family papers relating to the early history of New York and the collection of papers from public offices. Mentioned are dispatches from Commodore Isaac Chauncey, commander of the navy’s Mediterranean squadron, 1816-1818, and Clinton’s own investigations of Indian history. The Jan., 1818, letter is a letter of introduction for Eleazer Williams.
Names Pintard, John (1759-1844); Williams, Eleazar (c.1789-1858); Van Rensselaer, Stephen (1764-1839); Chauncey, Isaac; Fenwick, Benedict Joseph (1782-1846)
Places Albany, New York, United States
Keywords trade, missionary, Christianity, religion, church, history, education, navy
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters; Missionaries and Education
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Clinton was a New York politician, statesman, naturalist, and historian. In 1817 he was elected governor of the state of New York and also president of the New-York Historical Society, which he had helped to found. Interested in the history and traditions of New York Indians, Clinton published his Memoir of the Antiquities of the Western Parts of the State of New York in 1820.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 3046
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue